4 weeks ago, Microsoft announced Windows 10 Insider preview build 18970 with a bunch of good changes such as Tablet mode improvements and other features. One of the main highlights in this update is the “Cloud Download” feature. This feature allows users to download a fresh Windows 10 image from the Windows Update server and install it to your device without needing to make a bootable USB drive.
Microsoft today shared more detail about this new “Cloud Download” feature on his new blog post.
Windows Recovery has been developed 20 years ago. Started on Windows XP, many PC manufacturers shipped DVD’s that contained a compressed version of Windows and also contained specific drivers and apps to resolve any software issues. After that on Windows 8, Microsoft has made the process is easy to use and allowed PC manufacturers to seamlessly plug-in devices without having to invest in the custom solution. Now on Windows 10, Microsoft allows the user to build a Windows 10 Image from the current Windows installation but it can help you when your Windows installation was bad or corrupted.
to solve this issue, Microsoft announced the “Cloud Download” feature which allows users to download the image directly from Microsoft’s Server and installs it. This feature could make the reset process easier. To using this feature, follow the step below :
- Open Settings
- head to Update & Security > Recovery.
- Select Keep my files or Remove everything.
- Select Cloud Download option.
Microsoft also says if this feature is available on Windows Recovery Environment and can be used while your device is failed to boot. To use this device on Windows Recovery Environment, follow the step below :
- On Windows Recovery Environment, select Troubleshoot > Reset this PC after that select Keep my files or Remove everything and finally Choose Cloud Download option.
This feature is available for users running Windows 10 build 18970 and above. You also can help Microsoft developing this feature by giving suggestions or report a problem on the Feedback hub.